Forecasting Extreme Weather and Ocean Conditions in the Beaufort Sea, 2011–2015

Lead: Fraser Davidson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Drilling operations in the Beaufort Sea are increasingly focused on the shelf break between the deep and shallow parts of the Sea—an area characterized by extreme weather events, ocean currents, and waves. This research will develop and implement an integrated ocean-wave-ice-atmosphere prediction system to forecast the changing marine weather, sea ice, and ocean conditions. This invaluable information will support the Global Maritime Distress Safety System’s warnings and information services for the Arctic. It will be equally vital to oil and gas exploration and development by providing forecasts that will inform operations in the Beaufort Sea.